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  • The Biden administration is threatening to revoke the authority for three Republican-controlled states to handle their own workplace safety regulations because they have refused to adopt rules to protect health care workers from COVID-19. The threats were sent to Arizona, South Carolina and Utah as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration prepares to adopt much more far-reaching vaccination and testing rules affecting 80 million Americans.
  • A prominent civil rights attorney is calling on a South Carolina prosecutor to revisit a case and criminally charge the two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing. Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson previously said the Charleston County jail deputies who were seen on surveillance video restraining Jamal Sutherland wouldn't face charges because she couldn't prove the guards intended to kill him. Attorney Ben Crump says there's enough evidence to bring involuntary manslaughter charges against the guards, who were both fired in May. Charleston County had also previously agreed to pay a $10 million settlement to Sutherland's family.
  • A judge in South Carolina has denied bond for a prominent South Carolina attorney who has become embroiled in two multimillion-dollar insurance fraud cases months after he found his wife and son dead in their home. Circuit Judge Clifton Newman issued the decision Tuesday after hearing attorneys describe how Alex Murdaugh used portions of a $3.4 million insurance payment to pay his father, personal credit card bills and himself. T
  • Substance abuse counselors in rural Barnwell County and urban Rock Hill say at-risk residents (including teens) trying to cope with the pandemic's isolation and stress met a market where phony opioids replaced prescription pills. They describe the situation as 'alarming.'
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